Yes, there are Dust Mites in Phoenix. However, since it’s dry here most of the year, there are less dust mites than in more humid areas. But during rainy weather like our monsoons, the relative humidity increases as does the dust mite population.
The study started in outer space. NASA, in attempts to keep the air in the Space Station clean for the astronauts, who live in a closed environment for months, discovered that many common household plants actually clean the air of toxic fumes.
How houseplants help clean the air of pollutants
You learned about it in science class – photosynthesis – how plants take in carbon dioxide and let out oxygen. Well, some plants also capture formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene. Some work better in cleaning certain fumes more than others so you should have a nice variety. Sorry, but no plant works on cigarette smoke. It’s best to quit or take it outside if you must smoke.
Newer homes are more energy efficient
As you try to make your home more energy efficient by upgrading the windows and doors to keep the hot air out in the summer and keep the cool air in, and with the Phoenix Brown Cloud affecting the outdoor air pollution, the old-fashioned way of “airing the house out” is not very healthy.
That’s where our indoor air quality services combined with houseplants can help clean of indoor air pollutants and keep your home healthy for you and your family.
Here are your steps to help clean your house of indoor air-pollutants and maintain it free from these harmful fumes.
- Contact us for an indoor air quality inspection. We’ll measure the contaminants in your home and point out any air or water leaks which may be causing problems.
- We clean your home with our ozone treatments to remove the air pollutants and odors.
- Install high-quality air filters
- Decorate and fill your house with air-cleaning plants. Some of which you already may have in your garden!
The NASA study recommends 15-18 good-sized plants to clean the air of the average 1800 square-foot home.
A favorite of desert dwellers is the Aloe Vera plant. They’re easy to grow, require minimal light and water and offer a cooling gel to help with burns or sunburn.
Another favorite is the spider plant. This hanging basket is a pretty addition to any corner, again needing little light and occasional water.
Check out this video on the best houseplants to help clean your indoor air.
Having indoor plants takes a bit of watching over them.
- Be careful not to place them where they are hit directly by the air conditioning vents as the cold air could burn them.
- Water more often in dry seasons and less in humid ones. Over-watering a plant can kill it just as much as under-watering can.
- Plants tend to bend towards light sources like windows or glass doors. Turn them around occasionally for even growth.
- Trim dead stems and leaves every so often to encourage growth.
- Soil and roots also help absorb chemicals in the air so cut low-growing leaves to expose the dirt.
- Feed them with food like Miracle Grow every so often.
AZ Healthy Home
As September rolls in, so does the higher pollen counts in the Phoenix area.
You want to do what’s best for your newborn especially when it comes his or her health.
You moved to Phoenix for the climate or you’ve lived here all your life. The air didn’t used to be so bad. In fact, Arizona was once the place to move to if you suffered from allergies and asthma. Not any more.